At least, I think it’s some kind of computer. The label on the photo says “1950 IBM Business Show, Houston, Texas.” Whatever it is, it seemed to catch the attention of President Houston (facing the camera). There’s a pretty thick file in his papers called “IBM machine,” although I haven’t had time to look at it yet.
Bessie Smith Update: I ran across this on Friday while looking through the 1919-20 Threshers. After re-reading a bunch of Campaniles, I’ve come to understand that Bessie Smith took many of the images that we have in the archives from the late teens and early twenties.
Bonus: I’ve seen an unusually large number of rabbits on campus recently. I hope they’re not up to something.